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despairing gone time a whole. one hundred three inmates are involved in a hunger strike that's past the one hundred day mark that promises to shut the tories still on kept. a.p. news agency discovers it's journalists have been under surveillance for months the u.s. government secretly monitoring their calls. and deadly car blast rocks damascus right across the border in turkey people government support the syrian rebels meanwhile the u.n. in russia agree on an international peace conference to tackle the deadly conflict . also this week a spy scandal russia exposes the cia's chief in moscow of u.s. intelligence is caught red handed trying to recruit
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a russian agent. to day's headlines and the week's top stories we're watching r.t. . more than one hundred days and counting on hunger strike at the taurus conteining a bay prison is showing no signs of ending prison officials admitted to a one hundred three prisoners and i'm refusing food for the lawyers for the inmates say the number may be as high as one hundred thirty and many are being force fed through the news extremely painful procedure detainees are seeking an end to their indefinite detention without charge while the u.s. president has repeatedly promised to close the facility but so far no action has been taken and each account has more. after years of the national injustice and
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indifference and after more than three months of starvation autonomy the detainees have finally got the president's attention i'm going to go back at this they've heard these words before as president i will close guantanamo reject the military commissions act and if you go to the geneva conventions and now we're dead it needs to be closed now congress and again as many times before the white house if it were sponsibility to congress there's much he can do administratively without congress without having a legislative act even under current restrictions the administration has the power to use national security waivers to release many of these men which it hasn't used but it's the charge that well the fear that if you release some of these prisoners that have been accused of being terrorist in the past and and they do something else or you find them going into terrorist
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organizations you pay a heavy political price for that so many of these men have fallen victim not just to their wrongful capture but also to u.s. politicians assumptions of what they may or may not and we in the future but you can't you can't will people to maybe you know this is a we're not future police here so far the administration's only response to the crisis of carnival has been to force feeding tubes down detainees nostrils the fact of the matter is that when an individual makes a decision of sound mind makes the decision to refuse food as a political protest then as we said in a joint statement it is not open to the states in a second chance to force them to do each. and the full speed here involves the insertion of a tube of some significant down on the diameter through the nasal passages and into the stomach in the most horrible of circumstances the un special rapporteur on human rights also told me that he was encouraged to. here the president once again expressed commitment to close the infamous prison president of united states has
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kuantan a moser problem and yet on the ground for some reason the camp administration continues to treat these men in humanely and to deny them basic dignity for years the administration has engaged in verbal and legal acrobatics to justify its inaction on guantanamo and still not clear how long before people there start dying but one thing is clear the elephant in the room just too big to ignore in washington i'm going to shut down. for us is running up quite a bill just to keep in the tourist prison open each of the one hundred sixty six detainees how's that going to cost american taxpayers nine hundred thousand dollars a year compared to just twenty five thousand dollars spent on each inmate in a typical us federal prison and the cost of housing them could rise to the controversial force feeding procedures the prison spokesman navy captain robert duran told artie's bill dog the abuse claims are exaggerated. when
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a detainee leave the camp they get a what we call a full frisk which is the pat down search not unlike you'd experience going through airport security if you are selected for secondary screening in the united states it's quick it's the full clothing on hand and it's noninvasive it's not the detainees job to tell the truth the lawyers just repeat what the detainees say that all of those allegations are false and let me ask you about the allegations about the unsafe and inhumane force feeding all those prisoners who are on hunger strike do you deny that the policy of the united states and its to reserve life for lawful means we currently have a hundred hunger strikers today we have currently thirty who are doing and cherilyn lee said that's using a liquid nutrition supplement most of them when they're ordered to do that go compliantly and take it a percentage about a third need to be taken to their cheating it's
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a procedure that's done in hospitals and nursing homes every day it's not done to harass them but it's done to sustain life to sustain life but we've been hearing from the medical justice network to a saying that don't deserve accused of colluding in port said that at the camp and that's been agreed on by the world medical association and the un the us and we disagree with them it's a matter of national policy our courts of up held that. sustaining life you lawful means is lawful we have a medical protocol where we evaluate detainees based on their weight loss and co-morbidity we allow them to hunger strike that if they get below eighty five percent of body weight some damage could be down we will do the involuntary feeding all of those allegations are false they're not they're not being subject to extreme temperatures they're not being denied food and water the conditions are as good as they can possibly be they had satellite television and they had communal living
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that all kinds of good things they were trying to capture. so i want your producers you're welcome to come. yourself. the u.n. considers force feeding of inmates to be both torture and the breach of international law and u.s. federal public defender carlos want to so some of the trees trying to downplay the protest and some pieces of food taking steps to resolve it arbitrary detention it goes against everything that every international law every human rights organization the u.n. says that's completely wrong force feeding goes against what everybody says is correct it's defined by the those groups as torture so on this issue unfortunately the president is on the wrong side militaries all wrong and they're doing all the things to drive in the wrong direction remember this is the same military that the night of strike was going on for a long time same military that said if you're force extracted from your cell a tube down your nose in your fed that that's not force feeding the president
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frames it this way we've got two bad choices either they die or if we force feed them well there's a third choice and the third choice is releasing the innocent men which he has the power to do that would end the strike the military has another choice too they could negotiate with the men and with people like myself they did that we could end the strike in a week and we could we can roll this backwards but instead of deescalating they ask only over and over again it makes you wonder whether or not the military wants this to continue because they're certainly doing exactly the opposite of what they should be doing now to keep up with all the latest updates from the ongoing hunger strike on our website it's called we have the full timeline over the complete with statements from prison officials lawyers for the inmates expert opinion and much more so we're just a click away. more
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news today violence is once again flared up. these are the images the world seeing from the streets of canada. giant corporations rule the day. well this week also on failed a major surveillance operation carried out on the associated press news agency around one hundred journalists and editors had their phones tapped for months by the u.s. government offices this rule has more on a case that has experts citing america's first amendment. it's being called an unprecedented government intrusion the justice department secretly collected two months of telephone records from the associated press and its reporters. the a.p. believes this story prompted the secret investigation the cia uncovered a plot to bomb a u.s. bound airliner
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a plot originated in yemen and was carried out by al qaeda there arabian peninsula by reporting this al qaeda was put on notice that the cia had an inside look at their activities be a piece says the justice department did not say why they needed the information but says among the nearly two dozen telephone records collected at least five of them were from reporters working on the story in question this was a very serious. a very serious leak and a very very serious leak. i've been a prosecutor since one thousand seventy six and i have to say that this is among if not the most serious it is within the top two or three most serious leaks and never see it put the american people at risk and that is not hyperbole eric holder announced today that he was recusing himself from this a.p. investigation the prominent news agency condemned the government's actions in a letter to holder yesterday associated press c.e.o.
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gary pruitt says quote these records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the news gathering activities undertaken by the a.p. during a two month period provide a roadmap to news gathering operations and disclose information about a.p.'s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know now the a.p. is asking for an explanation as to why the government pulled reporters' phone records without notifying them the worry now is the effect the news will have on the media and its sources i think the effect on the media has already been felt i mean. you have sources that are being shut down doors just being shut in people's faces now that was probably the intention the intention was to scare. the turn off the faucet in other words from leaks in the wake of the controversy white house press secretary jay carney reiterated the obama administration's dedication to transparency he believes strongly in the need for the press to be
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unfettered in its pursuit of investigative journalism he also believes strongly as a citizen and as president in the need to ensure that classified information is not leaked because it can endanger our national security interests there is a balance between transparency and national security has been a delicate one since nine eleven and the obama administration has a history of aggressively going after whistleblowers prosecuting more people for leaking classified information than any other administration combined and washington was wall. well meanwhile the white house insists it was in the dark regarding the surveillance of a.p. others say the move fits into the general trend of current government policies since nine eleven particularly we've seen the rapid expansion of a police state in this country it is the infrastructure of the police state is already in place. strict ing of the flow of information by the government and its
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various mouthpieces this is part of this creeping police state and what i what i want to stress is that the effectiveness of the obama administration in persecuting whistleblowers shows not only the fact that obama himself is no different from any candidate that our president that came before her but also the fact that this is a comprehensive plan to shut out dissent in the united states. and i p journalists went near any ones who are proud to targeted by. a prominent bahraini activist says she's been a sabbat installed in her country gulping those authorities apparently she's on software the track record removed the storage of a program. the cia crosses the line russian intelligence is furious softly as an american spy trying to get into russian agents on just a few minutes.
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to find out more visit our big. dog called. back syria state television has reported that a powerful car bomb has rocked the capital damascus resulting in at least three deaths of five people have also been injured for an explosion that happened there a school of a device has been diffused in the same area no one has claimed responsibility for the attack meanwhile russia's efforts for a peaceful resolution of the syrian conflict save the backing of the united nations a week un secretary-general ban ki moon stressed that an international conference involving the syrian government and opposition should be held as soon as possible. has been following developments in. well after meeting with russia's leadership the
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un secretary-general ban ki moon agreed that the conflict in syria could only be resolved in accordance with international law without any foreign military intervention and with the full respect of syria's territorial integrity he also agreed to the idea of putting together this joint conference which would include both the syrian rebels and the authorities now they were also able to establish the list of current stumbling blocks concerning this idea and well first of all currently the opposition is still quite divided it's unclear who would be able to represent it as a whole at such a conference secondly moscow wants to see all the regional players taking part in such a conference including iran which may cause problems with washington and also if the syrian authorities are ready to take part in such a conference right now then the rebels are making they are voicing preconditions which include president assad having to step down but in general ban ki moon's visit continues this diplomatic marathon which will been witnessing for the past
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few weeks a lot of officials have been coming to russia discussing syria including u.s. secretary of state the prime ministers of great britain and israel and in general it seems the approach of many nations two ways of resolving the conflict in the country is changing now however there are still many problems including the one with the washington since when john kerry was in moscow it seemed that they were completely on the scene beach with russia's leadership but as soon as he left he started calling again for president assad to step down and promised more support of the rebels and that was back just recently by president barack obama himself what's widely being ignored is the fact that many of these rebels admit that they are receiving directions from international terror organizations including al qaida there are tons of videos in the web showing horrific acts conducted by a. including public executions of captured syrian soldiers there's this just
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troubling and horrific video of a rebel cutting the cord out of a dead syrian soldiers chest and eating it on camera calling on everybody else to do the same and promising to continue doing so in the future and also there is the statistic from various international activist groups which basically shows that every time the rebels receive a weapons from abroad the violence just spikes hundreds of protesters were met with tear gas in the streets of a turkish town bordering syria which is rocked by two deadly blasts last week demonstrators expressed anger on mr the ones policies of supporting the syrian rebels they say threatens taking security these clashes followed soon a protest in ankara and authorities also used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the angry that he was quick to blame the syrian military for the attack on
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the town which is an entry point to tens of thousands of refugees leaving known going. russia criticize the u.s. intelligence this week for crossing a red line operations of the cia agent was uncovered in moscow trying to recruit a russian agent in the wake of the arrests russian intelligence made public the intensity of the cia buick chief in moscow but in a culture never investigates. ryan fogle was caught in the act trying to recruit a russian special services agent to work for the americans now russia's federal security service has released a photo of technical equipment and some other items that were found when he was detained including a compress a map of moscow a large amount of cash and even two weeks to allegedly use as disguises now this is suspected cia agent was offering one million dollars a year for passing on classified information and that was revealed to you know why
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a taped telephone conversation between full and the security agent he was trying to recruit made public by russia's federal security service. you're going to have a story subordinate to so many of us more. talk of the war than you know what the story because i'll be more than just about to write the words of a million little old your yes. some no no but it is a. full bill has been handed over to the american authorities and now faces deportation the f.s.b. told r.t. that was not the first case and recent years since two thousand and eleven there have been in fact four other similar cases one case involved and other american embassy employee who was trying to recruit a russian employee of the national anti terror committee the abscessed b. says that there is a striking resemblance to the focal scase and that the cia has gone too far with this spying operations. we will particularly outraged at the actions of the
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american spy dylan benjamin he tried to convince an employee of the russian national counterterrorism community to hand over classified documents of this department to the cia like mr he was deported from russia we hope the cia would listen and something like that would never happen again so we decided not to release the information about dylan to the public but apparently they didn't learn that lesson in case the cia crossed a red line so we had to react according to official instructions. and as average with a juicy spy story at hand the exposure of a cia spy in moscow got the media animated it was a mixture off laughter and disbelief at their alleged spies quite clumsy recruiting techniques but that's quite a common reaction to the stories like this but still it doesn't make them a new last her last three member of the previous spy scandals for instance back in
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two thousand and six russian t.v. showed a documentary exposing several british am-i six agents working in moscow and here is the high cost. they used rocks at that time the media laughed at what was considered a conspiracy theory until a high ranking adviser to the prime minister admitted it's true so rog's weeks compresses and maps and sims james bond doesn't exactly have much competition right now well you'll find there are many more stories on our website as a quick taste of what we've lined up for you today it's nine times the size of an ocean liner you're watching it's getting closer to worth it to come to track the mysterious us story. also if you today are rough for rival to moscow airport and planes landing gear collapsed luckily all people on board were left without a scratch if you want to dot com for the full story. the
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bahraini government is accused of using surveillance software from the u.k. based company to spy on a leading rights activist that's according to documents from the high court in london one of the founders of the rights group watch a lot of factors say the program is designed for use in crew investigations but privacy activists claim that technology is being widely abused a program named inspired can perform a wide range of sabet inspirations and work spying victim your computer and then recording your scott conversations and social media activity and also take screen shots without your knowledge and access information on your hard disk. harby you follow the court documents told r.t. that the two surveillance has been spreading in bahrain since former high ranking u.k. police officer john yates became security advisor there. disguised as if they were from journalists and were from other activists and then after we discovered after
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two months investigation of the technical analysis to try and. investigate what kind of information on what this software actually does we discovered there was a company called gamma international which sells this software to foreign governments so we assumed and we given the circumstances in which i received the e-mails and the nature of the e-mails this was a suspect this was sold to the bahraini government but we also know that the servers. received this information from the software is actually based in bahrain so the servers are currently in bahrain and they're being updated in bahrain which means that this is further evidence over the past two years particularly since british advisor john yates joined the bahrain security services we have noticed the increase in the use of surveillance in the use of c.c.t.v. and the use of digital surveillance and there are very targeted arrests and
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influence infiltration amongst protest activists that are happening using the latest technology technologies and this is all happened since following on from the hiring of the recruitment of john yanks and most of these companies that provide all of this technology are british now we know of at least back to six so being maintained worldwide so now that this is a global operation gamma international has sold this software to at least twenty five governments and the use seems the use of the software seems to have no any type of restriction so this is turning into a global phenomenon and it's run by the private sector so we're looking increasingly at the commercialisation of digital surveillance which is even scarier because it's very difficult to regulate. well some other news making headlines now this hour a prominent female politician from cricket star imran khan's movement for justice has been shot dead in the pakistani city of karachi. saying it was assassinated on
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the eve of a controversial. recent an election last saturday's polls were among the bloodiest in the country's history over one hundred people who are going to run up to it. and ukraine thousands of opposition supporters of rutted in the capital kiev demanding the release of former prime minister to mission for political reforms fascism broke out between protesters and riot police in the east and people injured during the standoff when i was a say tens of thousands turned out the demonstration. right wing nationalist ronnie was confronted by these clamp down and crack off and wouldn't rescind demonstrators clashed in the city center security forces attempted to keep the peace in the annual gay pride parade and she was nationalists were protesting against legislation of same sex marriage. well coming up r.t. takes a look at the daily hazards faced like omar is in russia with us. wealthy
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